We all know the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; the story of a beautiful princess whose skin as white as snow and hair as black as ebony poses a skewed threat to her stepmother who is envious of her beauty and of her standing as the fairest in all the land. This timeless classic has enchanted and held the attention of audiences of all ages since 1937, when it became the very first full-length animated feature ever. The grasp that Snow White still has on its viewers is proof positive of the very word “timeless.” For the first time in seven years, Disney has opened its vault, re-releasing the adored animated featured, and this time it’s better than ever before.
I recently had the privilege of experiencing the brand new Diamond Edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I was able to see the film as I have never had the opportunity to see it before. The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray disc and standard DVD in one package, which was a very wise step for Disney to take, now that Blu-ray is starting to work its way into more households; but whether or not you have a Blu-ray player (or a PlayStation 3, which plays Blu-ray discs), you will have a format of the film that will work best for whatever technology you have.
Last Sunday afternoon, me, my partner, and my two stepdaughters sat down to watch this new edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. As soon as the Walt Disney logo popped up on the screen, I was astounded by the quality of the picture. My partner and I kept talking about how we couldn’t believe how crisp and clear it was and we encountered a few very pleasant surprises while taking a tour of the features. Because Snow White was originally released in 1937, obviously it would be incredibly difficult for the Disney crew to completely transform the feature for the newest technology today. Because of this, the film was not available in widescreen, since widescreen has only come to exist in the past few decades. On the other hand, they did think about how to fill up the empty space around the film by adding Disneyview, an expanded viewing experience that lines the edges of your screen with beautiful paintings that were incorporated perfectly into the scenes of the movie. As the movie progressed, the paintings along the sides of the screen changed. After a while we became so enthralled with the story that we didn’t notice the paintings for a while, but they did add a little something special to our viewing experience.
While watching this movie, I felt like a kid again. Don’t laugh, but it’s completely true. As soon as the scene opens when Snow White is singing into the well about wishing for someone to come to her and all of the birds are hanging out around her as she sings, I was hooked right into the story. We really enjoyed watching the movie and snacking on popcorn, but my stepdaughters are only 5 and 3 years old, so while the movie did not keep their attention throughout, they did last a great deal longer than I had expected them to.
As part of the Diamond Edition Combo Pack, there are interactive games available, like What Do You See?, which lets you decipher a scrambled image; Jewel Jumble, a game of memory and matching; and more. There is also an all-new music video, karaoke sing-along of “Heigh-Ho”, and a trailer of the upcoming Disney release The Princess and the Frog. This edition is jam-packed with awesome features that will let you re-live your childhood and share the experience with your own children.
You can purchase the Diamond Edition Combo Pack of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on the official website, which is also an entire game in itself that is sure to keep you entertained for a while; I know it was a lot of fun for me. I also got an awesome Grumpy wallpaper for my computer desktop!
I received a “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Diamond Edition Combo Pack for review through One2One Network. No other compensation was received, and opinions are my own.